Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde intimately captures the colors, complexities and contradictory sounds of love and life in her poetry. Her words flow like unhindered waters, stirring the heart...feathers fiddling in secret spaces. The author of The Woman With A Past, a 1989 British Council Award winning play, She put aside her MA degree in Animal Nutrition to act, model, write, make art and create visual stories as a fimmaker. She is a singer, a song and the author of Conversations With The Soul At 3.00am, a first collection of love poems currently available online at

I recognize you, I know where your eyes have been
and your footsteps trailed.

You are the moon-chaser
who followed your dreams and the trail of the sun till dusk
bleeding your heart of love
unbending your knees in prayer
for the beauty buried in your soul...

You are the moon-chaser
whose piety became her solitude
diminished radiance,
whose dance steps found their shadows

I recognize you...

You came to me in your dream
smiling seductively through your tears
begging for dawn to wait
until your heart returns to a place of no recollection

You embraced joy in welcome
only to turn around and flee
You are the moon-chaser
aren't you?
I recognize you...
I see myself in you.

~ folasayo


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Re: .Moon Chaser
Emj posted on 04-02-2006, 16:47:11 PM
Welcome folasayo, i hear you, i feel the gist. Anyway, u are still the babe no shaking!!!!!!
Make u throw another one---we go catch am
Re: .Moon Chaser
Emj posted on 04-08-2006, 03:33:48 AM
Afro Poet:
Saw this in Sun online news today
Funsho Alabi steps out of stage•Nigeria’s Martin Luther King bows out
Friday April 7, 2006

Funsho Alabi
Photo: Sun News Publishing

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Like an endangered community that loses its people too often, the arts and culture sector last Sunday lost yet another key player as Funsho Alabi passed on in what observers described as a sudden death .

A popular actor, poet and committed theatre practitioner, Alabi died in a Lagos hospital as doctors’ efforts to save him during a sudden illness failed. He was said to have fallen into a coma on Friday March 31 and was taken to the hospital but died two days later.

When Daily Sun contacted his wife, Efe, on Tuesday, the grief-stricken widow said only God knew what killed her husband and that she would not want to name any ailment. Efe also hinted that Alabi’s relations have started meeting on burial arrangements and that a release would soon be issued to the public.

Meanwhile, many practitioners in the sector have lamented Alabi’s death, describing it as another great loss to the arts circle in Nigeria. Others even observed that Nigeria has lost many of its best artistes, and that Funsho’s demise is an unfortunate addition to the long list of highly talented artistes who have died in recent times.

For Dr Duro Oni, Executive Director of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), the late Alabi was a great actor, who pioneered one-man shows in the country. On his part, Dr Ahmed Yerima, General Manager of the National Theatre, said Alabi’s death is the loss of a good friend. Yerima recalled that he grew up with the late Alabi as undergraduates and that he was in his ofice barely two weeks ago to congratulate him on his new appointment. Said Yerima “Although he (Alabi) was my junior by two years, we all grew up and got matured in artistic creativity. The only thing was that Alabi was an individualist in creative ideas and thoughts. His death is a great loss to the arts world and it is so unfortunate.”

Husseini Shaibu, National Chairman of the Dancers Guild of Nigeria, said he received Alabi’s death with shock and that Alabi, until death was an essential artiste, a rounded performer who was a dancer, a singer and an actor.” According to Shaibu, Alabi had no equal, he was an inimitable artiste whom nobody can copy, but“ his problem was that he lacked management. He had nobody to manage his talent and that was why he was unsung…Unfortunately, none of the corporate bodies could invest in him.”

Perhaps, Alabi’s death would have spurred much sympathy among entertainment lovers who recollected how he used to render his version of Martin Luther King’s famous speech - I Have a Dream. Although a Nigerian, Funsho Alabi’s version of the speech bore much resemblance to that of the American orator who died many years ago.

Alabi had for many years struggled for survival owing to his strong principles as a committed artiste who refused to join the booming home video sector. Some even argued that his financial status would have been enhanced had he joined Nollywood but his response was that he would never be part of the bandwagon all in the name of money.

But the truth is that Alabi was more talented than many of the stars in Nollywood. His only stint with the home video was when he featured in Tade Ogidan’s Hostages in 1997. Some of his great stage shows include: Sizwe Banzi is Dead by Arthur Fugard and Woza Albert by Albert Camus. At a point in his life, Alabi had to be gave a lifeline by the late Professor C.S Momoh who offered him an office at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lagos where he taught and worked as a guest artiste.

Seen by many theatre artistes as a dream that did not come true, Alabi was actually discovered by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, many years ago. He was noted then for his creative rendition of Martin Luther King’s great speeches. Shortly before his death, he got involved in a one-man war against drug addiction, combining Acapella and poetry as his major medium of communication.
Unilag Creative Arts department loses another gem.

Since year 2000 when the department lost its erudite music teacher, Dr Afolabi Alaja Browne, two of its eminent scholars have been lost to the cold hands of death. Prolific playwright and dramatist, Professor Bode Osanyin, died after a protracted illness and Alabi’s death came a few months after. For instance, students of Unilag would remember Alabi for his solo effort at increasing youths’ awareness on HIV/AIDs and the dangers of drug abuse.

Through his Komitat Creative Outfit, Alabi launched the campaign from the campus of the University of Lagos before taking it to secondary schools and campuses in the South-West. He was able to use the vehicles of drama, music and the spoken word to preach his messages of abstinence from drug abuse and STD.

Alabi on The Sun
As a consultant to Atunda ENY, owned by Wande Akinboboye, Alabi recently attended a boat cruise organised by the outfit to promote one of the artistes on his stable, Ara. The actor had gone round to exchange pleasantries and chatting with almost everyone, he got to The Sun reporter, and opened up “ Oh Madam, you are from The Sun. That is the paper of the moment. I like the paper. It is refreshingly different.”

My condolences to his family, friends and associates
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